The Oregon State coaching staff are in the hunt for a future signal caller for their football program. While some may say that the 2019 class of quarterbacks in the country is a down year, there is still plenty of talent out there that Jonathan Smith and his staff are working to make a positive impact on.
A few weeks ago, I had come out with a list of quarterbacks that I thought the staff should be pushing for or consider offering. In the last month a few of those names have come off the board — Cale Millen (Oregon), Hank Bachmeier (Boise State), and Jacob Conover (BYU) all stung for Beaver fans for various reasons because of different ties they had with Corvallis and how they were seen as ideal fits for this new offense.
In recent weeks we’ve seen the staff turn their attention elsewhere within the PAC-12 footprint and dish out a few new offers to quarterbacks that they are looking to build relationships with and see if there is mutual interest.
One of those quarterbacks who was offered just this past Sunday on May 13th was 6-foot-3, 185-pound 247Sports three-star quarterback Kedon Slovis from Desert Mountain high school in Scottsdale, Arizona.
“Coach Lindgren stopped by a week or two ago to watch one of our practices, then on May 13th Coach Lindgren called me and offered me over the phone. He said that he was mostly impressed with my football IQ and ability to read defenses. He said he might come back out to my high school again to see me throw in person, but he also invited me to come out to Corvallis. Coach Lindgren left a very promising impression on me.”
Slovis admits that the Oregon State staff wasn't really on his radar before the contact from Coach Brian Lindgren and prior to receiving his offer, but is now thoroughly intrigued and would like to know more about the school itself, the football facilities, and life in and around Corvallis.
“I haven’t had too much contact with Oregon State but I’m excited to build a relationship with the coaches. It was very exciting to get pac 12 interest especially from a new coaching staff at Oregon State. I have to get more familiar with Oregon State and do more research on the school itself but I look forward to doing so.”
The highly talent quarterback currently holds a total of twelve offers from Colorado State, Hawaii, NC State, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Oregon State, San Diego State, San Jose State, SMU, UC Davis, UNLV, USC, and Vanderbilt. While he hasn’t made any unofficial visits this spring, he did attend both the Northern California and Las Vegas Elite 11 regionals and was able to play 7-on-7 football with his Desert Mountain team.
“I had a great experience at both camps, but I wish I got a chance to get more reps in at the Las Vegas Regional. I think my arm strength is solid, but I take a lot of pride in being an accurate passer. I play 7-on-7 for my high school, and I’d say that my biggest strength is my ability to read a defense, but at the same time, that is something I need to consistently work on improving.”
When asked about the expectations he has for himself and the rest of his Desert Mountain quarterback remains hungry and realistic at the same time, knowing that he can’t get ahead of himself before the season has started.
“My goal in my senior season is to win a home playoff game and win 10 games. Of course a state championship is the goal but those are the goals we set as a team this year.”
Slovis also has a special teacher on the Desert Mountain coaching staff, offensive coordinator and quarterback coach, who is also a Hall of Fame quarterback, Kurt Warner. Slovis is able to rely on, ask for advice, learn from, and try and emulate Warner while playing the quarterback position.
“I am so grateful to have Coach Warner as my offensive coordinator and quarterback coach. It’s amazing to have the opportunity to learn from a hall of fame quarterback. He’s done so much to help me improve in regards to recognizing the defense and making good reads. He’s worked extensively with me on movement in my drop and my throwing motion to help me be more effective in game situations. When Coach Warner first started coaching me I definitely had those moments of being in awe or considering myself incredibly lucky to be learning from a Hall of Fame quarterback, but at this point I feel really comfortable with Coach Warner.”
The head coach of the Desert Mountain football program, David Sedmak also reflected on what kind of person and quarterback Kedon Slovis is off and on the field.
“We run a pro style spread-type offense. Kedon is an all around excellent QB. He can make all of the throws, he is incredibly accurate, has a quick release and throwswell on the run. Coach Brian Lindgren had came by and watched practice a few weeks ago and then the day after Oregon State offered, USC QB Coach Bryan Ellis visted to check out Kedon and he offered as well. Coach Lindgren seemed enthusiastic and confident that the Beavers would get it going. Kedon is just so good at everything at the quarterback position, but he can continue to make improvement in all areas of his game. Kedon is a great kid, he's got high character, he’s well liked in school and on the team and respected by his peers, he is also a 2x team captain and works hard in the weight room. As the head coach of our Desert Mountain team, we want to win our region, earn a home playoff game, make a deep playoff run, and win at least 10 games. He is definitely one of the top 4 or 5 QBs in Arizona, and one of the best in the country, in my opinion.”
Less than a week after receiving an offer from Oregon State, Slovis decided to fulfill a life long dream and commit to the USC Trojans on Saturday May 19th. Slovis had received a visit from the USC coaching staff and an offer the day after the Beavers offered the highly talented quarterback.
“I’ve spent a lot of time watching USC football growing up and it’s been really exciting to see their recent success the last few years so I am super excited to receive an offer from them. It is a dream come true to be committed to the University of Southern California and to hopefully carry on their winning traditions.”
With Slovis now off the board and firmly committed to the Trojans of Southern California, look for the Beavers to turn their attention towards 247Sports three-star quarterback Paul Piferi and 247Sports four-star quarterback Joey Yellen as the continue to look for a future signal caller in the 2019 class.
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